Mozambique (MNN) — Christians are beginning to gear up
their efforts to help thousands of people left homeless by flooding in
Mozambique. The United Nations says this
disaster is likely to get worse before it gets better. More than 30 people have already been killed as a result of the flood waters.
Food for the Hungry's Matt Ellingson says they've been
working in areas since the 1980's. He describes the situation. "There have
been 60,000 people who have been evacuation and another 100,000 people who are
in grave danger, but we are estimating that it will impact right around 300,000
FHI is already involved, says Ellingson. "Food for the
Hungry is partnering with International organizations to provide emergency food
rations, supplementary food as well as non-food items."
The situation isn't expected to get any better. If the rains
continue, he says, it's going to affect dams up-stream. "The operators of
these dams many need to lift the floodgates on these dams because of structural
integrity issues. If they have to do that, then the disaster will intensify
While providing for their physical needs is important, Ellingson
says as they work through the local church spiritual assistance also becomes
important. "Our faith is central to who we are and how we do things. But,
it is during these times where our faith is able to take legs and our ability
to serve and love our neighbor really becomes clear."
FHI needs your prayers and also financially support to help.
Ellingson says a little support can go a long way in supporting those in need
both physically and spiritually.